How many DUI cases have you handled, and how many DUI cases have you handled in the past year?
This is important because you want a lawyer that has a lot of experience handling DUI cases. You not only want a lawyer that has handled a lot of DUI cases in the past, but also one that has handled cases recently as the area of DUI practice is ever changing and evolving.

Ask if the lawyer only does criminal and DUI cases.
This is important because your case is too important to hire a “generalist” lawyer. If a lawyer does every type of law, how much expertise can they really have when it comes to handling your DUI case? DUI practice is complicated and the laws change frequently, which requires a lot of study on the part of the lawyer.

Is the lawyer familiar with the court where you were charged with a DUI?
This is important as each court has its own policies and rules. A lawyer who is not familiar with the court where you are charged may not be able to get you the best outcome possible. If you hire a lawyer who is not familiar with the court where you are charged, you are putting yourself at a disadvantage.

How many former client reviews does the lawyer have on their website?
This is important because it will give you an idea of how happy and satisfied past clients were with that lawyer. Watch out for lawyers that only have several past client reviews.

Ask if the lawyer has had any articles published in the area of DUI work.
Ask if any of the articles were published in peer-reviewed legal journals. This is important because it can give you a good idea of how current the lawyer is with all the changes in DUI law.

Ask if the lawyer will be personally handling your case or if they will hand the case off to someone else in their office.
This is a very important question. Some lawyers in the Phoenix area may meet with you and take your money and never see you again. Your case may be handed off to a junior associate who may not be very familiar with your case or have the experience and legal skill of the lawyer that you first met with.

Ask if the lawyer is recognized by either Super Lawyers or Martindale-Hubbell.
These are the two leading lawyer review organizations that use peer-review to rate lawyers.

Mr. Benikov has handled thousands of DUI matters over the past 9.5 years. Mr. Benikov personally handles all his cases from the initial meeting all the way through the conclusion of the case. Mr. Benikov has extensive experience with DUI work in virtually every court in the greater Phoenix area. Whether its superior court, city court, or justice of the peace courts you have the peace of mind of knowing that Mr. Benikov will be familiar with that court. To contact Benikov Law Firm, call (602) 253-6592 or visit